How to get your team to share and collaborate better

Google tried an interesting experiment to see if it could get its teams working better together.  It was called Project Aristotle and it studied their team dynamics.  They found that in the most collaborative teams, no one person spoke for more than 80% of the time.  This enabled others to ask clarifying questions and voice their ideas too.

No one was actually forced to contribute but it was expected that they would contribute.  Interestingly enough, teams with more equality in air time, tended to be more profitable, more effective and members stayed longer.

It takes a certain confidence as a leader to step slightly to one side but the benefits are there to be seen.  In forestry work, you have to clear big trees to encourage growth of others, leadership isn’t so different.

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